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The sad truth is that a lot of smart, educated people have never been taught how to punctuate, so they aren’t always confident about how to use punctuation marks. How about you? The following extracts from Stephen Spector’s book, The Quotable Guide to Punctuation, include quotations from a variety of great writers, celebrities, and famous […]more
Following the Bank of England’s recent decision not to include a set of quotation marks on the new £5 note, grammarians have been feverishly weighing in on what many are calling a serious blunder. The original concept work for the new £5 note—replacing the old note as of 5 May—apparently enclosed the quotation “I have […]more
“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.” –Oscar Wilde Only Oscar Wilde could be quite so frivolous when describing a matter as grave as the punctuation of poetry, something that causes particular grief in our […]more
Punctuation is the art of clarifying how a group of words falls together into contractions, clauses, and sentences. Unfortunately, it is not at all clear how some punctuation marks should be used! Let’s take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks. Even if you think you’ve got the topic all sewn up, it’s […]more
Chances are that you use them every day – from ‘ to # and ? to . – but where did common punctuation marks get their names? Ampersand The ampersand is the sign &, used to mean ‘and’. The shape of the symbol originated as a ligature for the Latin et (‘and’) – that is, it […]more
Is there anything more important than punctuation? Providing us with stops, pauses, exclamations, questions, and even social media savvy, punctuation marks have been breaking up and clarifying our language for quite some time. Spend a few moments taking our quiz and learn which punctuation mark best captures your personality!more
The presence or lack of a comma before and or or in a list of three or more items is the subject of much debate. Such a comma is known as a serial comma. For a century it has been part of Oxford University Press style to retain or impose this last comma consistently, to […]more